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Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applications

Ariel I. Ahram, Patrick Köllner, and Rudra Sil

Abstract

Area studies scholarship has been indispensable for the development of social scientific knowledge. However, it risks becoming marginalized without more concerted efforts to demonstrate its relevance for contemporary social science. This volume showcases comparative area studies (CAS). CAS incorporates familiar elements from past comparative research but draws them together into a strategy for balancing context-sensitive understandings of diverse locales with cross-regional qualitative research on questions that matter to social science disciplines. Part II considers the epistemological, metho ... More

Keywords: area studies, comparative area studies, comparative method, context, cross-regional comparison, middle-range theory, qualitative research, research methods, small-N comparison, world region

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190846374
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190846374.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ariel I. Ahram, editor
Associate Professor of Government, Virginia Tech

Patrick Köllner, editor
Vice President and Director, German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Rudra Sil, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

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